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HER Number:MDV3774
Name:Hut circle within Routrundle North Pound, Walkhampton


Hut circle 9.2 by 8.2 metres diameter with a levelled interior and a south-east facing entrance. The surviving walls stand up to 1.1 metres high.


Grid Reference:SX 553 718
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE52
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440178
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/34
  • Old SAM County Ref: 325

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ministry of Works, 03/02/1953, Routrundle Pound, DV325 (Schedule Document). SDV356122.

A single hut, 25ft in internal diameter, built of large orthostats, set in the centre of a circular enclosure, measuring 150ft diameter. The Pound walls are 5-6 feet thick, the hut walls 3-4 feet: entrance to hut from south-west: to Pound from north-west but obscured by later field walls. The Pound is on a gentle hill-slope and levelled a little into hillside. Condition very good: the pound wall has a modern field wall on top of it on the upper (east) side.

Griffith, F. M., 16/12/1988, DAP/JZ, 5-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV241570.

National Monument Record, 18/04/1976, SX5571, SX5571/1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272302.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Hut Circle marked.

Worth, R. H., 1943, The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor, 282, Fig. 14 (Article in Serial). SDV320337.

Worth, R. H., 1947, Prehistoric Tavistock, 128 (Article in Serial). SDV341113.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57SE52 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV272298.

(28/08/1950) Hut double walled type, 10.5 metres diameter, wall width 1.5 metres, height 0.75-1.0 metres, well preserved composed of granite stones and slabs of moorland granite. Entrance on south-south-west side. Condition excellent. Hut is within enclosure whose walls composed of large granite blocks. Part of wall forms footing of a relatively modern wall. Enclosure called Routrundle North Pound. Enclosure wall 2.0 metres high, 0.5 metres high. Distance to the south pound is circa 120 metres. Bronze age.

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 142, 153-4 plan (Monograph). SDV231148.

A prehistoric pound of 0.601 acres, containing a hut circle. Now integrated with the present field system (Plan).

Royal Air Force, 1964, F62/58/6399, F6258/6399 044-45 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56SE52 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV276093.

(26/06/1980) At SX 55377184, on a slight south-west slope there is a homestead, formed by an enclosed hut circle. It has internal diameters of 9.1 metres by 8.2 metres with a levelled interior. The walling, 1.3 metres wide, incorporates some 'in situ' boulders and inner facing slabs, with small stones heaped against the outer face. It is from 0.5 metres to 1.1 metres high with an entrance gap on the south-east. The enclosure, of 0.25 ha., has diameters of 58.0 metres north-west to south-east and 48.0 metres northeast to south-west. For 50.0 metres on the south-west side the perimeter is represented by grass covered stony scarp 0.5 metres high; elsewhere it is a 2.0 metre wide spread of stones of similar height, upon which a strong modern field wall has been constructed. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD at 1:2500.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Hut circle visible and recorded.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 42, Map 45 (Monograph). SDV137656.

rebuilt hut circle in the centre of the enclosure with part of the double-slabbed wall remaining intact around the lower edge.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1002494 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The stone hut circle is situated in the middle of the enclosure and survives as an 8.7m diameter internal area surrounded by a 1.7m wide double orthostatic and partly coursed wall standing up to 1.1m high. A south-facing gap in the hut wall denoted on its western side by an edge-set slab represents the site of a doorway.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 42, Map 45.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 142, 153-4 plan.
SDV241570Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 16/12/1988. DAP/JZ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5-6.
SDV272298Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57SE52. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. F6258/6399 044-45.
SDV272302Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 18/04/1976. SX5571. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. SX5571/1.
SDV276093Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56SE52. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320337Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback. 282, Fig. 14.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341113Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1947. Prehistoric Tavistock. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 79. A5 Hardback. 128.
SDV356122Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 03/02/1953. Routrundle Pound. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap. DV325.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1002494.

Associated Monuments

MDV105688Part of: Routrundle North Pound, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV130390Related to: Hut Circle 50 metres east of Routrundle Deserted Medieval Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV12827Related to: Routrundle Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2021 11:27AM